10 Tricks to Look Luxe on a Budget


Have you ever come across someone – fashion blogger, co-worker, gal on the street – that just always looks so put together? If you’ve wondered what her secret is, we’re here to tell you: It’s about taking high quality staples and remixing them to stay in touch with the trends. Whether you’re adding a fresh new accent to a favorite item or investing in luxury staples, here are 10 shortcuts to looking like you walked off the runway – without breaking the bank.

The Trick: Three Looks in One

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Stripe Short-Sleeve Keyhole Pullover – $78 + Mixed-Stripe Sweater Skirt – $88

Coordinates (or Co-ords for short) have become a breakout trend over the last few years. The reason? You’re introducing three starting points for entire outfits right off the bat. Wear them together or mix and match with other items in your closet. A bright basic blouse will look great with this striped sweater skirt, while the top looks just as polished with jeans or white khakis.

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The Trick: A Timeless Silhouette that’s also Slimming

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Rinse Wash Slim-Straight Jean – $98

Bell bottoms and skinny jeans may fall in and out of fashion, but straight leg jeans will be forever in style. Not only does this style look polished and professional, it’s also super slimming, giving you a longer, leaner profile. Opt for a dark rinse to up the class factor that much more.

The Trick: Add a Fresh Print

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August Handbags Maori – $78

A solid capsule wardrobe is the perfect jumping off point for dozens of different looks. Once you’ve got your basics down, have fun by adding in accents like a trendy print or bright color. Animal print is great to spice up any outfit – basic jeans and a simple white blouse suddenly look edgy when paired with this textured clutch.

The Trick: Add Embellishment

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Embellished Stripe Top – $88

You don’t need expensive jewelry to liven up an outfit when you’ve got a bit of embellishment on your clothing. A classic striped blouse is reinvented with a bit of visual interest at the neckline. The light blue color of this chic blouse makes it work just as well with a pair of relaxed jeans or an office-appropriate pencil skirt.

The Trick: Layer Like a Pro

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Gingham One-Button Blazer – $178 + Merino Ribbed Cardigan – $78

Get more mileage out of your wardrobe by adding on festive layers. Whether rocking a brightly hued cardigan or a patterned blazer, your top layers are both perfect for transitional weather and for reinventing that wear-on-repeat tank or dress. Get creative and try unexpected color combinations to make a head-turning statement.

The Trick: Pull Double Duty

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Twist-Back Ponte Sheath – $98

Every woman needs a LBD in her wardrobe – but finding one that can work from the lunch hour to cocktail hour makes your investment extra worth it. Keep an eye out for subtle accents like embroidery, laser cut fabric, or embellishment to look professional at work and pretty at parties.

The Trick: Redirect the Eyes

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Geo Sapphire Pendant – $48 + Jewel Burst Cuff – $48

If you feel like you’ve been wearing the same old things forever, a striking piece of jewelry can suddenly make everything seem refreshed. Draw attention away from your clothes and onto your accessories with a bold chain necklace or a glittering art deco-inspired cuff.

The Trick: Invest Strategically

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Black Leather Moto Jacket – $448

There are some luxury items that you’re just going to have to bite the bullet and splurge on. The goal is to invest in well-fitting, timeless items that you’ll pull out season after season, instead of a uber hot trend that’ll only stick around for a year or two. A black leather motorcycle jacket gives any outfit an instant edge, whether it’s your weekend tee and jeans or over a spangled dress for a night out.

The Trick: Think About the Details

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Scalloped High Heel Sandal – $138

Even the chicest outfit can be brought down by distracting details, like frayed jean hems or scuffed shoes. Meanwhile, a few polished details can take a simple outfit from blah to beautiful. Add a few pairs of ‘fun’ shoes to your wardrobe and cycle them through your favorite ensembles. You’ll be surprised how many people think you’re rocking an entirely new outfit!

The Trick: Pay Attention to Fabrication

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Silk Cashmere Flutter-Hem Pullover – $88

The right fabrics can make all the difference, not only in how a garment feels against your skin, but how long it’ll last in your wardrobe. Always check the fabrication of an item before you buy – natural fabrics like cotton, cashmere, silk, and linen are all safe bets for an item that’ll withstand many wears and washes.

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